McPherson wraps up Saints double

St Eunan’s College of Letterkenny heaped misery on De La Salle, Waterford for the second time in a week at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock yesterday.

The Donegal side were last night celebrating their FAI Schools U15 National Cup title — seven days after beating the Waterford outfit in the U17 decider.

De La Salle dominated the opening half, yet couldn’t pierce a defence superbly marshalled by goalkeeper Rory Carr. Instead, it was the northerners who charged ahead eight minutes into the second half as Kieran McPherson pounced on a defensive mix-up to fire past Stephen Doheny.

The Waterford boys spent most of the last 20 minutes camped inside the opposing half only to find their best efforts foiled by Carr, who saved a ferocious Lee Doherty free-kick before denying Kyle Collins in stoppage time.

In fact, St Eunan’s might have extended their lead late on but Patrick Driver’s angled long-range drive cleared the crossbar by a yard.

ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE, LETTERKENNY: R Carr; N McElwaine, L Blaney, D McWalters, D Harper; P O’Brien, C Maloney, O Hassett, C McDaid; K McPherson, P Driver.

DE LA SALLE, WATERFORD: S Doheny; C Thomas, R Butler, E Meaney, D McGuire; L Doherty, R Ryan, H Galibert (A Holden 66), D Walsh (K Collins 46); E Daly (C Dalton 52), A O’Connor.

Referee: D Davidson.

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